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Blessed in Discomfort

One of the most overwhelming feelings to know is the loss of a loved one. Feelings of despair, frustration, confusion and hopelessness can run rampant in our hearts and minds. In this story, Ruth and Orpah lost their husbands, but Naomi, their mother-in-law, had lost not only her husband, but both of her sons. Naomi was a God-fearing woman, but in this dark time, she felt as if the Lord had turned His back on her.

However, the lesson in this story doesn't lie in the remarkable return to strength for Naomi; it focuses in on the selflessness, loyalty and faith Ruth shows in sticking by Naomi's side. Orpah and Ruth were Moabites, who had their own gods and way of life back home. Ruth knew staying with Naomi wouldn't be the easier choice. After all, she no longer had a husband and would be faced with a lot of unknowns.

"Your people will be my people and your God my God" (Ruth 1:16). Ruth made a choice and said with her actions, “I believe in you and I believe in the God you worship.” From this decision, The Lord blesses Ruth not only with a godly husband, but a grandchild that we know as King David. Ruth’s story shows that, although the known may be more comfortable, facing the unknown in obedience and faith to God will always be more fruitful.

Reflect:

  • What overwhelming decisions are you facing that may require extreme faith and confident obedience?
  • Who may be suffering and could really use encouragement and the sacrifice of your time?
  • How can you reconnect or recommit to something or someone you've given up on or wanted to give up on in order to start over?

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